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Respraying Your Wood Burning Stove

The first job is to assess whether your stove needs a single coat respray over the existing paint or if it needs some more serious attention. Faded paint and light scratching will be fine with a single coat respray but if you have issues with rust then the original paint needs taking back, the rust removing and a proper respray of the stove should be done.

For the former you'll need suitable heat proof paint to the manufacturers specifications, masking tape, newspaper for masking, a ventilated mask, wire wool and some paint preparation wipes. Mask off the stove glass and any other parts that don't need painting such as handles, air control knobs etc.The surrounding area should be thoroughly covered to avoid paint damage, it comes out as a mist and will cover a large area so make sure you take your time here. Rub the paint down lightly with the wire wool mto provide a good key for the fresh paint, then wipe the whole stove down with the preparation wipes making sure to leave no dust or grease. Open windows or doors to provide ventilation. Warm the paint by standing it in a tub of warm water for a couple of minutes, shake the can thoroughly and practice using the can on a piece of cardboard. 
Hold the tin 300mm away from the surface to be painted and spray using continual strokes from side to side. You should aim to get a light coat on first, don't hold the tin in one position, keep it moving continually to avoid runs and don't put the paint on too thick. Leave the stove for 15 minutes after the first coat and then paint again with the final coat, making sure you get good coverage. Don't be tempted to put on several coats as the paint could end up peeling, two should be ample.
Once satisfied remove the masking and have a small fire to start the curing process. The paint will not be hardened until cured and care should be taken not to scratch the newly painted surface. Be aware that you will get fumes off the paint whilst curing, this is nothing to worry about but you should open a window or some doors to provide ventilation.
For stoves with peeling paint or rust then you'll need to prepare the stove more thoroughly for painting. Rust should be removed using a wire brush or for more serious cases, wet and dry sand paper. Be aware that with cast iron you will smooth the area you are sanding altering the finish. Loose peeling paint should be stripped back to solid paint or alternatively strip the paint completely using paint stripping solvents. Clean the stove with paint prearation wipes being sure that all dust and grease is removed and allow to dry. 
Warm the tin and spray a light layer as per above, do not worry about covering the stove completely, too thick a layer at this stage is detrimental to the finish. Allow 15 minutes drying time between coats. You should aim for better coverage with subsequent coats. Once satisfied with the finish allow to dry for a few hours then have a small fire to cure the paint as per above. Take care when removing masking tape or refitting glass, the paint is very soft and susceptible to scratching before being cured.

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